I was a “Christian” minister for many years.  It was a great experience but like so many things in life it was not without meaningful challenge and even peril.  Initially, my walk with God as a young christian was exciting and my growth curve was a straight line upwards…so it seemed.  I was learning, changing and growing with passion.  Over time the once powerful trans-formative work of God I was experiencing seemed to erode.

Jesus said, “Come to me…and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  I believe this to be true but my “religion” and the church I love were in the way of connecting to “easy” and “light” and even to God, Himself.  I don’t pretend to have this “all figured out”.  In fact, I have spent way too much time trying to understand it and, frankly, that’s just not  important to me anymore.  However, there are a few things I have discovered on the way back to inspired.

Here’s a couple:

  1. God  and His power to change my life were covered with layers of politic, dogma, human demand and unbelief.  Busy-ness and activity in the name of “obedience” will never be a substitute for the “peace that passes understanding”.  Connection to God is everything.
  2. The message is not good news to you unless your cup is overflowing.  I spent 2 years asking people, “is your cup overflowing?”  The number one response was: “It depends on what you mean by overflowing.”  My response always was, “Define it anyway you would like.  Is your cup overflowing?”  95% then answered “no”.